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PAGOTTO, Valeria; NAKATANI, Adelia Yaeko Kyosen  and  SILVEIRA, Érika Aparecida. Factors associated with poor self-rated health in elderly users of the Brazilian Unified National Health System. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.8, pp. 1593-1602. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2011000800014.

This article reports on prevalence of poor self-rated health and associated factors among elderly users of the Brazilian Unified National Health System (SUS) in Goiânia, Goiás State, Brazil. The article is based on a cross-sectional study with a proportional sample of elderly in the nine health districts of Goiânia. Data were collected after a pilot study and training of field staff. The measure of association was the prevalence ratio (PR) and respective confidence interval (95%CI). Multivariate analysis was performed using hierarchical Poisson regression. In 403 elderly, prevalence of poor self-rated health was 27.5% (95%CI: 23.2-32.2). The rate was 29.7% in women and 29.1% among seniors aged 60-64 years. Variables associated with poor self-rated health according to multivariate analysis were: less than one year of schooling, lack of physical exercise, use of five or more medications, and recent weight loss. The results showed high prevalence of poor self-rated health and associated factors, including both adverse social conditions and individual health and lifestyle factors.

Keywords : Aged; Self-Assessment; Drug Utilization; Weight Loss.

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